ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — But drivers must use caution; it’s cold and roads are wet and slick.
7:10am UPDATE: Rio Rancho schools are on a two-hour delay, according to KOAT-TV’s Weather Alerts closings/delays list.
Workers in state offices in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico also are on a two-hour delay today, but that doesn’t apply to state workers in Albuquerque or south of Albuquerque, the state has announced.
There are plenty of delays for schools and offices throughout the state as the latest winter storm that brought widespread snow accumulations and wind slides off to the east and southeast of the state.
The only school closure reported so far on KOAT-TV’s growing Weather Alerts list of closings and delays is for the Pecos Independent Schools, but there are plenty of two-hour delays, including Santa Fe Public Schools.
We haven’t heard anything yet about Albuquerque Public Schools’ East Mountains schools, but so far, so good, even though we’ve gotten a lot of snow around Sedillo Hill.
And state highway officials are reporting icy road conditions on Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas, with difficult driving reported in both north and southbound lanes between Wagon Mound and the Colorado state line, The Associated Press is reporting. For the latest road conditions around the state, check out the state Department of Transportation Web site or call 511.
You’re still going to have to give yourself some extra time leaving for work today, not just to brush off the overnight snow accumulation on the car, but in navigating the slick and sometimes icy streets — especially on those bridges and overpasses and the well-traveled intersection.
Expect a high of only around 42 in the Albuquerque metro today — well below the average high of 57 for this date — as a dry, cold airmass drops into the state from the north, with sunny skies returning this afternoon and Wednesday, which is looking at a high of 48, according to Albuquerque’s forecast.
But don’t run out and get your car washed just yet.
The next, somewhat weaker, winter storm to reach New Mexico will move across the northern part of the state beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday, but chances for measureable precipitation are still iffy, according to this morning’s area forecast discussion.
In our area, we’re looking at a 10 percent chance of rain and snow Wednesday night, a 20 percent chance of rain on Thursday and a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.